Feb 22, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

ENG 156 - Reading and Writing Poetry


Course Description: The first requirement in becoming a writer is being a reader. An introductory exploration into the form and practice of poetry, focusing on the choices writers make in writing in either fixed form or free form styles by manipulating line and stanza breaks; using concrete imagery; manipulating language by using figures of speech; and making language musical by using rhyme, meter and consonant and vowel sounds; and how they work together to create, manipulate and support the various forms of irony (verbal, dramatic, situational) through which the poem delivers its emotional and meaningful content. Surveying works of technical merit from both new and recognized masters of some of the schools of poetry, such as but not limited to Concrete and Confessional Poetry, the San Francisco and Harlem Renaissances, Modernism, New Formalism and Slam, students will be expected to engage in both analythical; and creative responses in order to improve and hone their own poetry.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENG 101.
General Education Elective(s): Humanities, Literature
Note(s): N/A

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify and analyze formal strategies used in literary works of poetry through close reading of a variety of texts; 
  • Articulate whether and how a literary work is successful in fulfilling the literary aims it has set out to achieve;
  • Apply the practical knowledge you develop to your own writing;
  • Compose a final portfolio of poetry that utilizes the practical knowledge. 

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